Nearly 4 in 5 disabled people still avoid venues due to lack of accessible toilets


New research has revealed that nearly four out of five disabled people still actively avoid certain venues due to their lack of accessible toilets.

This comes via disabled access charity, Euan’s Guide, and a survey published ahead of World Toilet Day, on Thursday 19 November.

The problem, the charity revealed, is more complicated than simply choosing a venue that lists accessible toilets as a facility.

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Many disabled people reported that some venues claiming to have accessible toilets actually offer facilities that are not fit for purpose.

Euan’s Guide believes this is unacceptable 25 years on from the Disability Discrimination Act.

It advised that one simple way to improve accessible toilets is to not use the space as storage, sometimes making them more cramped than other toilets in the venue.

Euan MacDonald, co-founder of Euan’s Guide, said: “People often assume that everyone in the UK has access to a safe toilet when they are out and about, but sadly this is not the case.

“We need businesses to get involved and improve their access to create a safer environment for disabled people. Sometimes this means adding an accessible or Changing Places toilet when one is not available.

“Other times it can be as simple as making sure the toilet they provide is kept clean and tidy and in working order.”

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